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With 1:13 to go Thursday night against the Chicago Bears and trailing 20-19 at Soldier Field, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got the ball at their own 25-yard line. In Brady’s dazzling, 21-year career, he had orchestrated 59 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime, the most by any NFL quarterback since the AFL merger.
But on third-and-6, a pass sailed over the fingertips of trusted tight end Rob Gronkowski. And on fourth-and-6, with 38 seconds to go, Brady failed to connect with tight end Cameron Brate, with safety DeAndre Houston-Carson draped all over Brate.
After the last pass was ruled incomplete — and the Bears took over on downs — Brady flashed four fingers and appeared confused, before showing visible frustration when he got back to the sideline.
Brady went over to the bench and slammed his helmet repeatedly into the ground before jogging off the field as the Bears ran out the clock in victory.
Had he thought it was third down and not fourth down?
“Yeah, he knew,” Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians said, blaming the loss on “poor coaching.”
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